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Bright Minds, Big Futures

Bright Minds Big Futures (BMBF) is a national award-winning youth-led movement, working together with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to make the Borough a great place to grow up.

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The group is managed by an elected panel of young people known as the Big Committee and is a great way for young people to:

  • make friends
  • gain valuable life skills
  • increase confidence 
  • be involved in making a real difference to the Borough of Stockton

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

BMBF has been recognised for their outstanding work through being awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The award is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK and is equivalent to an MBE. The prestigious award recognises BMBF's outstanding work in the community to support young people growing up across the Borough and their work to make Stockton-on-Tees a great place to grow up.

The group will receive the award crystal and certificate from the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs Johanna Ropner, later this year. Two members of BMBF will also be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2023, alongside other recipients of the award.

For more information about the award, visit The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service website.

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What BMBF do

Information about our events and opportunities.

Big Objectives

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Join or contact BMBF

How to join or contact us.

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